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Feb 22, 2013 9:00pm EST
to tax to her about this book, "and justice for all: the united states commission on civil rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in america." mary frances berry, when did the u.s. civil rights commission begin to decline? >> guest: the civil rights commission started in 1957. president president eisenhower had a lot those discussions with john foster dulles, secretary of state, how the united states was world that people would hear about and read about and the fact that there seemed to be a lot of episodes that kept happening, whether as lunching or some kind of discrimination taking place in the country. so the idea was, as eisenhower said he slammed the table is inside those are the facts. the commission has been out, there is a tough problem that people don't want to do anything about it. so they get a report on it goes away. but this commission is supposed to put the facts on top of the table and then its future would depend on what i found out, how aggressive it was and what the public thought about what they were doing. >> said this was initially set up as a tempora
Feb 23, 2013 7:00am EST
the students have been taking risks, because he was unique among civil rights leaders in saying the students were ahead of him being ready to risk more, they were willing to accept more risk in the freedom rides and he was, he was a reluctant -- he was a reluctant witness, but he knew because of his ability, human nature is, there are certain things for which words alone are not powerful enough to change human beings. you have to amplify it with sacrifice. these young students are pioneers in history and politics. in january of 63 he said for the first time i am going to risk my life and he designed this plan to go into birmingham. later had such a big impact on me. he designed it, worked on it, january, february, march, demonstrations, in april woman in jail, but of attention, birmingham jail was not published anywhere in the united states. it had no effect. he was about to withdraw from birmingham in a colossal failure when he was talked into one of the grandest risks in politics ever, they said don't retrieved until you invite high school students, junior high school students and elementa
Feb 23, 2013 1:00pm EST
on the civil-rights movement and the politics of race in the united states including as co-author of schools suck:students talk back to the segregated nation and its failures of segregated schools. jeanne theoharis received her ab in afro-american studies from harvard college and ph.d. in american culture from the university of michigan. she is author or co-author of six books and numerous articles on the struggle of politics of race in the united states. turned latest put you hear about tonight from which she will be reading represents a correction to the popular iconography of rosa parks as a quiet seamstress with one single act that sparked the modern civil rights movement. she reveals a civil rights movement radical who fought to expose and eradicate the american racial caste system in jobs, schools, public services. help me welcome dr. jeanne theoharis. [applause] >> i am so delighted to be here. my book came out last week and it wouldn't have been possible without the help and support and vision of many many people including many people here in montgomery the talk to me, pointed me for
Feb 22, 2013 11:00pm EST
of the movement? was it to get a quality is a big word. was it to get voting rights and civil rights and what else did they want? how were the approach is different from each other? >> guest: i think both of them started in terms of the freedom struggle. i think in some ways we mislead ourselves when we use the term civil rights movement because of that had been the gold goal in 1965 the civil rights agenda had been achieved. we had the civil rights act of 1964 in and the voting rights act of 1965 so if that had been the goal martin luther king would have said i'm going to retire and go to a college and be a campus minister. stokely carmichael would have said i have achieved my goal. none of the said that. none of the people that i knew because all the stuff that the goal was much more radical in some ways than that. get. >> host: why? >> guest: economic change, empowering the black community. that was at the root of the black power movement and black power for black people. using the rights that have been gained to actually bring about concrete changes. i think for many of us we saw 1965 is the b
Feb 16, 2013 8:00am EST
. this hearing is adjourned. .. >> taylor branch presents his thoughts on key moments of civil rights movement. this is about an hour and 15 minutes. >> thank you, mr. hale. thank you atlanta history center. i've been here before. i'm glad to be back, and i'm glad to be back talking about something that's been a subject that's been dear to me for my whole life, and it's inescapable now that i'm getting older that it is by life's work, and i'm glad for it. this is another round. i'm going to take more questions tonight than i normally do. i'll say provocative things about why this history is significant and about this project, itself, which is a little odd to spend 24 years writing a 2300-page trilogy and come out a few years later with a 190-page book. a lot of people who road the other ones think it's not true that somebody else wrote it, that i'm not capable of writing something this brief. [laughter] i assure you that i did. there is blood on the floor of my office because it involved eliminating or at least setting aside 95% of what i worked so hard to produce, and in the interest of findi
Feb 17, 2013 9:45am EST
, but her involvement in the civil rights movement was far more extensive. this is about an hour, five. >> good evening. my name is georgette norman, director of troy university rosa parks' museum. on behalf of the chancellor, the faculty, student body, i welcome you to our campus. i want to ask you a question. very glad you're here. how are you politicized? how are you acculture ated? want you to think about that. as we honor rosa parks' 100% birthday, we have -- 100th birthday, we have the honor of having with us to start this whole celebration off dr. jeannie theoharis who asked that question of rosa parks. what was behind that no? that no heard round the world? those little two letters that opened the floodgates of all those divergent streams into that one vast ocean. at the time that no carried with it great risk. risk in terms of gender, class and race. the question is, what is behind that kind of courage? what makes one take those kinds of stands? and more importantly, what is the price paid for having done so? dr. three theoharis answers somf those questions, and she writes it
Feb 17, 2013 7:45pm EST
's the author of numerous books on the civil rights movement and politics of race in the united state. including this co-author of school of thought, students talk back to a segregated nation on the abilities of urban schools. jeanne theoharis received her a.b. from harvard college and a phd in american culture from the university of michigan. she's the author or co-author of six books and numerous articles on the black freedom struggle of an contemporary politics of race in the united states. her latest book, the one you here tonight from which she will be reading its parks says that quiet seamstress, with one single at birth of modern civil rights movement. she rebuilt the civil rights movement radical who fought to expose and eradicate the american racial past in jobs, schools, public services and criminal justice. help me welcome dr. jeanne theoharis. [applause] >> i am so delighted to be here. my book came out last week and it wouldn't have been possible without the help and support and vision of many, many people, including many people here in montgomery, who talked to name, who pointed me
Feb 19, 2013 9:00pm PST
and civil rights issue and there's one thing that comes up in absolutely every conversation that i have had with people in the district, and that was bullying. and it really, it was, it's not surprising to the people in this room, i know. it was not surprising to me but it was troubling to me that in every community that i was meeting with, this was an issue prrp violence, harassment, physical, cyber, social, children on children, this kind of behavior is so disturbing and so troubling and so heartbreaking to so many people. even in this place, even in san francisco, california and northern california, which has got to be if not the most tolerant place in the country certainly amuck the most tolerance and diverse places in the community, this is what i was hearing out in the community and it's something we wanted to get involved in. and i'm so grateful that as a result of that all of you have agreed to come together to have a conversation about this issue with us included. i can't tell you how much we appreciate it. so thank you very much for being here. as i said, we're grailsd with th
Feb 19, 2013 9:30pm PST
, the role of our federal government. tom perez, assistant secretary for civil rights, ruslyn lee. she was also nominated by president obama to serve in her role as assistant secretary of education for civil rights and she was confirmed by the senate in may of 2009. as assistant secretary, ruslyn is assistant secretary arnie's duncan's primary advisor. before she joined the department of education she was vice president of the education trust in washington, dc and was the founding executive of education trust west in oakland. in these positions she advocated for public school students in california, focusing on achievement and opportunity gaps, improving can urriculum and instructional quality and ensuring quality education for everybody. she served as an advisor on education issues on a number of private ipbs institutions, she is a teacher, a lawyer, and a very influential voice on all policy matters. she was also passionate about ending this issue of bullying and bringing everyone together to stop this disturbing trend so please welcome assistant secretary for civil rights, rus
Feb 15, 2013 7:00pm PST
collection. (applause) >> thank you. during his undergraduate years at ucla he participated in civil rights and anti-war protests and many of his subsequent writings reflects his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity in the african-american freedom struggle. his first book, end struggle snick and the black awakening of the 1960s remains a definitive history of student nonviolent coordinating committee, one of the most dynamic and innovative civil rights organizations of our time. he served as senior advisor for a 14-part award winning public television series on civil rights entitled "eyes on the prize." i know we all remember that. (applause) >> his recent, his recent publication, the book, martin's dream: my journey and the legacy of martin luther king, jr., a memoir about his transition from being a teenage participant in the march on washington to becoming a historian and an educator and, of course, if you sign up for a membership you can get that book today. it's here. in 1985 he was invited by coretta scott king to direct a long-term project to edit
Feb 21, 2013 6:00am PST
of african-americans in the '50s and '60s is inaccurate and inappropriate. are gay rights the same as civil rights? will? >> yes, but i would caution that that question is a little too broad. so for example on the issue of same-sex marriage, gay marriage, is that a civil rights issue? yes, i think it definitely is. i think denying couples the ability to marry for the state to treat them the same as heterosexual couples is a violation of a civil right. for example i don't think don't ask, don't tell is a civil rights issue, so we can't just throw one embrumbrella over all the gay rights fights and say are they civil rights. on the issue of same-sex marriage the answer is yes. >> roland? >> is there a difference between what's happening with gay rights and with what happened with african americans? yes there is, because again, you could have been gay and white in jim crow and still been able to eat in a hotel or a restaurant but here's the issue with civil rights that's a broad term. look at title ix. the reason title ix has passed in 1972, that's a provision of the civil rights act. the amer
Feb 22, 2013 10:00pm EST
you that not one person in 100 who studies the civil rights movement understands that it is a third pillar within the building rights act of 1965 to build a structure that will be not only a great strength, but a great inspiration. it is essential for diversity and we have to learn how to get along with one another. we are unconscious to a lot of these things that are consequences of the freedom set in motion by this movement that struggle for eight years. finally he gets a nobel the nobel prize, and all of his staff says let's do this, and he says no, next week. and then he is back in jail. the mountaintop is nice, but the valley called. we are all blessed by that, but we are unconscious about it. the example of it, the example that i want to give you as to how great i think the disconnect is, is that george wallace made that speech in 1953, and he could not prevent any of these great tides are coming. if you have a daughter and you want your daughter to have the whole world open to her, your daughter and your hope stands on the shoulders of this civil rights movement. all of this
Feb 18, 2013 1:00pm EST
, the civil rights story and the emerging south, and i need a reporter to staff that bureau in atlanta for the los angeles times. you got any good reporters? and gene says, you know, mr. chandler, we've got tons of great reporters, and he started listing all these great reporters, and he purposely left off the name of jack nelson. [laughter] he wasn't about to give him up. and a week later otis chandler hired jack nelson. [laughter] that's how jack got to the los angeles times. he brought investigative reporting to the civil rights story which was elevated to an all new level. moves to washington as head of the washington bureau. now, l.a. didn't, the l.a. times did not have a great imprint in washington until jack got there. i'm not saying it had none. when he got there, it had 17 reporters, when he retired, they had 57. so i call the washington bureau of the los angeles times the house that jack built. [laughter] i'm going to turn now to our wonderful guests. we have barbara mat due sow who took on completion of scoop. the atlanta parts, the southern parts were pretty much done. she
Feb 19, 2013 10:00pm PST
to that. and it is about state leadership, not just looking at the civil rights laws for protection, but -- and it certainly is our job to vigorously enforce them -- but it is your job as superintendent to (inaudible) even where the federal civil rights laws don't protect you. so it's a case of taking what you are doing, what folks are doing across the country and putting those on places like stopbullying dwofl .org so we can scale those up around the country. >> recognizable face. >> (inaudible) and i'm also head of the san francisco commission on women and the lieutenant governor asked about data. actually we do have data on bullying in san francisco high schools, particularly bullying among lgbt girls. so for the first time this year we've incorporated data that kevin coggin and ilsa (inaudible) provided and their suicide rates are off the charts, lesbian girls in our district. it's actually from the cdy youth risk survey. i want to offer that as a resource to folks in this room and encourage you in this pursuit of data. >> thank you. >> my question centers around the point o
Feb 19, 2013 7:00am PST
summary of the laws. the ada, calif. building code, the civil rights, and our experts here will elaborate. we also have a list of certified caps at work in san francisco for you. carla johnson with the mayor's office of disability has created a really good it died of out to interview your experts to make sure you are getting the best quality product for you. been next -- the money you pay for the inspection you can take as a tax deduction. any money that if you have taken can be applied as a tax deduction. this can be done on an annual basis. next, the opportunity, and a fund -- opportunity loan fund, providing for small businesses to pay for the inspection or to make improvements needed. to do it before you receive the lawsuit. and lastly, we of the bar association and their resources. they're providing their legal service for you. this last thing i am going to share with you in terms of what we have seen in our office is that with the individuals, that does not necessarily mean an individual will follow up with a lawsuit. what we've seen in our office is the individual's will send you a
Feb 22, 2013 8:00pm EST
luther king, jr.. in it he reveals his journey from teenage civil rights activist to being present at the 1963 march on washington to editor of martin luther king jr. 's papers. he includes encounters with many leaders and organizers in the civil rights movement including ella baker, the dorothy carmichael and the king family. it's about an hour. >> host: dr. carson thanks for joining me on "after words." >> guest: it's my pleasure. >> host: europe but "martin's dream" is a memoir and a history book. in the book you talk about your personal journey and you are very candid about your life and you also cover new insights as a historian to the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr.. what prompted you to write the book this way? guess go well i wanted to write something to market 50th anniversary and i realized that this was 50 years of my life and it was king's legacy and his life coincides with my coming-of-age. so part of it was to do those two tasks. i felt that i -- my life have been connected to the king legacy and yet i felt that there was something about my life that ne
Feb 17, 2013 3:30pm PST
the cornerstone of his career. as a civil rights lawyer, he sued the housing authority to improve the standards of living for public housing tenants. and he also sued the fire department so women and people of color could get equal opportunity. as the director of this city's human rights commission, he expanded contracting opportunities for women and people of color. and today as mayor, he makes sure our city government reflects the diversity of this great city. on monday we were together, as i mentioned earlier, i college track on 3rd street in bayview where the mayor give his state of the city address. his administration's focus is on creating jobs, making sure that all of our residents have access to those jobs,st and from local hireness and job readiness, training and placement, we are moving towards equality for all with the mayor's leadership. ladies and gentlemen, i'd like to introduce the 43rd mayor of san francisco, mayor edwin lee. (applause) >> good afternoon, everyone. all right. welcome to city hall and happy black history month here in san francisco. nobody got it better than san
Feb 21, 2013 3:00pm PST
happened to them? what happened to that republican party? for the civil rights act, a republican vote in the u.s. senate was 27-6. in the house, it was 136-35. four out of five republican members in both houses for civil rights. for the voting rights to follow, the republican vote in the senate was 30-2. overwhelming in all cases. i'm watching this debate over the voting rights act and i'm struck with the reality that the reason for today is the republican party. not the party of the 1960s. but the one that's backed voter suppression efforts in dozens of states and keeps on doing. every time a state passes another bill making it harder to vote, cutting down on voter days, exz e exz tending voter id requirements, you have to wonder are they doing precisely what the voter rights act was designed to stop? >> the republican party can be proud in certain regards. certainly the backing of certain men like edward durks. the question today for this young century is whether the republican party will be as proud in the future for the positions it's taking now. that's "hardball" for now. "politi
Feb 21, 2013 6:00pm EST
this afternoon, the president would have 12 of us that lead civil rights organization. and people could not understand this. we're talking about loopholes for private jets. loopholes for yachts they don't want to close. they would rather keep them there, those loopholes, than to make sure we don't lose thooez thin these things that people keep every day. >> as i was listening to him, this is one of the most decent human beings that i think i've ever met in politics. look, the bottom line is they want to impact his legacy in one of the worst ways. here, they are still going afterhim. i think this goes beyond the politics, the sensebleness that we're talking about. i had a guy actuallily tell me on my show today oh, i don't mind giving up a few dollars furlough. i said how much would you have to give up? he said $20,000. i said you don't mind giving up $20,000? and then he thought about it. the bottom line is he so dislikes the concept of this man being president, that his subconscious told him i'll give up $20,000 if it means, somehow, embarrassing this president. i think they're more kw
Feb 23, 2013 10:00am EST
march in august 1963 changed the ongoing, worldwide struggle for civil rights. [applause] [background sounds] >> this is the day. how did this book get started? you would ask me, and many people do. and i say it was president obama in his first term, he said: i am here because you all marched. not in america yet 50 years ago what did i think america was? it was all things to me. my husband's home country, my new jewish family -- [inaudible] robin and benjamin, leonard's cousins, and lots of americans. we came here from amsterdam to photograph the black people. i have no photo of myself and our seven month stay in -- [inaudible] leonard was very frugal. he needed all film for his project, "black and white america." nothing but racists, he said. i wish i had a picture of myself and of leonard at the march on washington. i only had my eyes. and these eyes looked and looked and looked. i would say all these places. and when leonard asked me how i liked the day, i would say all these faces, the day of the march was america for me. and then the speech of dr. martin king, ruth -- luther king
Feb 18, 2013 1:30am EST
is booker? >> a biography of six african american civil rights lawyers to practice law during segregation and their collective struggles with civil-rights and racial identity. to be an african american civil rights lawyer to be caught between the of black-and-white world both went the san to identify with these lawyers. so this kind of lawyer, a third grand marshal much as the african-american lawyer but the others. >> how difficult was it to become a lawyer during this time? >> you do have to go to law school like eveready else. but it is very difficult to be the lawyer but very few will have white clients in most black people don't have money if you do then you hire though white lawyer because they are more effective in a segregated society pretoria was difficult to succeed although not difficult to become a black lawyer
Feb 18, 2013 3:00pm EST
to push back the civil rights movement and have been successful in doing so. this is about an hour and a half. [applause] >> well thank you. thank you so much for this warm welcome. it feels wonderful to be here. i am thrilled to see so many people eager to join in dialogue about where we as a nation find ourselves in the stride towards freedom and this seems particularly fitting that we would have this conversation today, the day after our nation paused its daily business to pay tribute to reverend martin luther king jr.'s life and legacy. and it seems fitting that we should have the conversation the day after the nation's first black president was sworn in for his second term. i know much of the nation has already moved on, and president obama's soaring rhetoric about the promise of america, life, liberty, justice, equality for all he has already been forgotten by many, and i know that many people in america will not think of dr. king again until his holiday rolls around again next year. but i would like for us to pause tonight and think more deeply about the meaning of dr. king'
Feb 17, 2013 10:00pm EST
mandate to end segregation leading up to and through civil rights legislation of the mid-60s. for of the photographs were included in this book including this one but it was just one story or photo shoot dead included protests, parades, to understanunderstan d the underpinnings was to be explored a greater context i want to draw attention to shoot anchoring images not just as the isolated event but instead we lived through freed what led him to the march and brought him forward through his work. born in 1929 in brooklyn to russian jewish immigrants. by 1960 he had been living in europe on and off for a decade in there honed his kraft as a documentary photographer and wrestled with his identity as the expatriate jew. he was working on a book of photographs focused on jews living in germany and the trace and trauma of the holocaust and ventured to berlin august 1961 to check out the scene there was word wall was cutting through the middle of the city. with citizens of both sides during world war iii he wandered close to the boundary of the divided city me there on assignment or
Feb 18, 2013 8:00am PST
for civil-rights and. speakers included president obama's former green jobs adviser van jones. >> this is it. this is the last minute in the last quarter of the biggest bust important game humanity has ever played. this is it. one thing i know have been marked in this town, if you do not fight for what you want, you deserve what you get. if you tell fight for what you want, you deserve what you get. i have the honor of working for this president, and i want to direct my message to him. president obama, all the good that you have done, all the good you can imagine doing will be wiped out, wiped out by floods, by fires, by superstars if you fail to act now to deal with this crisis that is a gun pointed at the head of the future. everything you have done. history will judge you 20 years from now based on one decision alone. that decision is not in the hands of the congress. that decision is not in the hands of any governors. that decision is not in the hands of any mares or dogcatchers'. the decision is in your hands, mr. president, your hands. your hands. the decision to let this pipeline come
Feb 21, 2013 7:00pm EST
. >>> let me finish with what happened to the republican party of 1960. it was all about civil rights, all for voting for civil rights and voting rights. you should see the numbers. today it's the party of reince priebus and all that voter suppression. and this is "hardball," the place for politics. and use fidelity's analytics to spot trends, gain insights, and figure out what you want to do next. all in one place. i'm meredith stoddard and i helped create the fidelity guided portfolio summary. it's one more innovative reason serious investors are choosing fidelity. now get 200 free trades when you open an account. how do you keep an older car running like new? you ask a ford customer. when they tell you that you need your oil changed you got to bring it in. if your tires need to be rotated, you have to get that done as well. jackie, tell me why somebody should bring they're car here to the ford dealership for service instead of any one of those other places out there. they are going to take care of my car because this is where it came from. price is right no problem, they make you feel l
Feb 19, 2013 3:00am EST
, not mere civil rights, the man who would come to believe after the civil rights bills had already been passed come after the civil rights victories had already been one of our biggest battles, the most important battles still lie ahead and that nothing short of a radical restructuring in our society held any hope for making the dream and promise of america a reality for all of its citizens. he explained the 1967 quote for years i labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions of the society a little change here and a little changed there. now i feel quite differently. if you got to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values. frustrated by the white resistance to the dressing in any meaningful way decayed to get those, failing schools, structural joblessness and crippling poverty he told his staff at the southern christian leadership conference, quote, the dispossessed of the nation, the poor, both white and negro live in an unjust society. they must organize a revolution against that in justice, not against the lives of their fellow citizens but a
Feb 20, 2013 9:00am PST
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Feb 21, 2013 5:00pm EST
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Feb 18, 2013 9:30pm PST
act of 1990 is a wide-ranging federal civil- rights law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. title two of the ada addresses access to public services, including public transportation for persons with disabilities. it requires transit operators to call out stops at transfer points, major intersections, and major destinations, and to announce particular stocks requested by customers with disabilities. stop announcements are especially important for passengers who are blind or have low vision. these individuals cannot travel independently if they are not assured of getting off at their intended destination point. >> san francisco's buses and trains serve many riders who are blind or how low vision. muni is their lives line to get around. simple act of courtesy can help them access muni services safely. it is not just courtesy. it is the law. >> i used to take the 21 airlock. >> lot of times, when i would be waiting at the bus stop, the door would open and the driver would announce the bus line. >> 71. >> it is easier and preferable when a driver sees someone w
Feb 15, 2013 6:30pm PST
of sister rosa parks and commemorating the modern civil rights leader for her courageous and declaring -- for her courageousness and declaring february 4th rosa parks day in san francisco. (applause) >> i thought you might like that. i'm done. thank you. [laughter] >> thank you. supervisor. and now there are a couple other people, sheriff mirkarimi has joined us. [speaker not understood] is in the room with us as well. reverend amos brown is with us. welcome. (applause) >> now supervisor breed will bring us brief remarks. >> hi, everybody. (applause) >> so happy to see all your smiling faces in the audience. happy black history month. i bring you greetings on behalf of district 5 in our great city. thank you, mr. mayor, for opening up city hall to my colleague, supervisor cohen, and my distinguished colleagues sitting here in the front row on the board of supervisors. it's truly an honor to stand before you on such a great month. recent -- yesterday congresswoman barbara lee talked about dr. martin luther king and his dream and some of the issues that we were dealing with over 40 years
Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm EST
civil rights names, but the former illinois congressman, jesse jackson, jr., and his wife, both left u.s. district court today convicted felons. >> just a quick message. not a proud day. i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> i fully understand the consequences of my actions. i have no interest in wasting the taxpayer's time. that's part of what former illinois congressman, jesse jackson, jr., told a judge today. weeping quietly at times, while pleading guilty to one felony conspiracy count. >> jesse needed to come to terms with his misconduct and those who were in court so he did precisely that. >> his entire famous family was there. his father, the civil rights icon, his mother, jackie, and four siblings. >> well, jackie, do you have anything? >> we love the people of chicago. >> jesse, jr., often looked back at them in the courtroom while admitting to using more than $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenditures, including a $43,000 gold plated rolex watch and furniture for their children's rooms. jackson entered treatment for a bi polar disorder. his defense will count on
Feb 21, 2013 3:00pm PST
with work to go. i think every community in miracle still has work on the racial issue and civil rights. but it's a far far different say city than it was and the story that has not been told is the progress that birmingham has made over the years. fortunately our cases from jury that was both black and white young and old male and female, has helped to tell that story to a great extent. >> michael: you talk about that jury. did you ever have doubts about winning the case? >> well, michael my wife will tell you i always have doubts about my cases. i think good lawyers always have to have a hefty dose of skepticism about the case. we were nervous about the case going in. we probably felt better about the cherry case than we did about blanton even though we had that tape. you never know in any injury, jury, especially in a case like this, whether or not there is going to be something hid no one one of two of those jurors whether or not you'll got a conviction. we never believed we would get an acquittal, but we were worried about a hundred jury which is something that happens in racially
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